On Kacey Musgraves' second album, Pageant Material, she follows in the footsteps of several artists who expanded the sometimes binding roles of women in country music. Kelly Christine Sutton/Courtesy of Mercury Nashville hide caption

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Chris Stapleton spent years writing songs for other country artists. Traveller is his first album with his own name on the cover. Becky Fluke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dale Watson's new album, Call Me Insane, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium re-opens this week with a new look. Steve Lowry/Ryman Auditorium hide caption

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